Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has ruled out a move for former Magpies goalkeeper Shay Given.
Reports over the weekend linked Newcastle with a move for out-of-favour Manchester City keeper Given after losing No.1 Steve Harper to injury in their 1-0 win at Everton on Saturday.
Newcastle are still waiting to find out the full extent of Harper's injury, but the keeper is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Rumours had suggested Newcastle could move to bring Given back to St James' Park on an emergency loan as cover for Harper, but Hughton has played down the speculation.
Given is considering a move away from Eastlands after losing his No.1 spot to Joe Hart this season and City boss Roberto Mancini has admitted he will not stand in the way of the Irishman if he wants to leave
However, Hughton has dismissed the speculation linking Given with a shock return to Tyneside as he waits to find out how long Harper will be sidelined for.
Asked about the speculation, he said: "I can understand that one and it is a very emotional one as well, but no, I can categorically say that won't be happening.
"Steve is still being assessed. It's shoulder ligament damage, but we won't know until tomorrow.
"But he will be out for more than just weeks. We will have to wait and see.
Disappointment"It's a massive disappointment for him. He is a player who I felt was the best goalkeeper in the Championship last season.
"He has worked very, very hard to get to the level he has and has started the season very well for us.
"Any significant injury that is going to keep a player out for a period of time is a big blow, particularly when it is the person who is between the posts."